Bipolar Disorder

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About Us

Michelle Barratt Psychology is a clinical psychology practise in Toowong and Redland Bay / Wynnum – Manly that tries to deliver the best Bipolar Disorder therapy in Brisbane.The practise places a high importance on providing assistance and care that not only aims to make clients feel safe, heard, and understood but also aims to provide efficient care that will enable clients to gain new skills that will help them in the future. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us or email us using the form below if you are unsure of what you are dealing with so we can help you through the process of deciding what to do or how to schedule an appointment.Our therapeutic values are designed to assist all kids, teens, adults, couples, and families in resolving their current problems in order to achieve their long-term wellbeing.

What Is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a mental health condition that affects a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function. Individuals with bipolar disorder experience extreme mood swings that can last for weeks or months, ranging from manic or hypomanic episodes (elevated mood and excessive energy) to depressive episodes (low mood and lack of energy). Bipolar disorder can be a challenging condition to manage, and it often requires ongoing treatment and support.

Bipolar disorder therapy is a type of treatment that aims to help individuals with bipolar disorder manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. The primary goal of therapy is to help individuals develop strategies to manage their mood swings, reduce the frequency and severity of their episodes, and improve their overall functioning.

There are several different types of therapy that can be helpful for individuals with bipolar disorder. One of the most common forms of therapy is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which focuses on helping individuals identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors that can trigger or worsen their symptoms. CBT can also help individuals learn coping skills and problem-solving strategies to manage their symptoms more effectively.

Impact of Bipolar Disorder

Cognitively, such variations in mood have an impact on a person’s thoughts and behaviour, and frequently not just on the person themselves but also frequently on their partners and family. Of course, every person experiences bipolar disorder differently; hence, every person will have unique traits and behavioural patterns. People’s actions and ideas are frequently out of their control, and only after they have “come down” or “out of an episode” can they fully comprehend the repercussions of their earlier actions.

Early Warning Signs of Bipolar Disorder for Hypomania and Mania

When someone is hypomanic, they can often report feeling on top of the world, and experience high energy levels, and exhibit impulsive behaviour. Some of these symptoms can also include:

  • not sleeping (the most commonly experienced sign)
  • agitation, irritability, emotional intensity
  • energised with ideas, plans, motivation for schemes
  • intense expression laden behaviour with implied extra meaning
  • inability to concentrate
    rapid thoughts and speech
  • spending money more than usual
  • increased sexual drive, flirtatiousness
  • increasing incidence of paranoid thoughts
    neglecting to eat, losing track of time
  • reading extra symbolism into words, events, patterns (seeing ‘codes’)
  • increased use of telephone or writing – incessant contact with with friends and family
    insistent and persuasive
    increased intake – or binges – of alcohol and/or drugs
  • arguments with friends or family
  • increased ‘driven’ activity without stopping to eat, drink or sleep
  • increased interest in religious/spiritual ideas or themes
  • taking on more work or working to extremes in hours or projects.​​

Early Warning Signs of Bipolar Disorder or Bipolar Depression

  • change in sleep patterns – insomnia, or excessive sleeping
  • fatigue
  • staying up late to watch TV or work on projects
  • increased irritability
  • loss of concentration
  • lack of motivation
  • withdrawal – avoiding social contact, not answering phone, cancelling social activities
  • change in eating habits – loss of appetite, or overeating
  • reduced libido
  • increased anxiety and feelings of worthlessness
  • loss of interest in leisure activities and hobbies
  • listening to sad/nostalgic music
  • taking sick days
  • procrastinating and putting off responsibilities
  • bursting into tears for no apparent reason
  • thoughts of suicide.

Bipolar Therapy & Interventions - CBT and DBT

If you see any of these behavioural changes, it’s crucial to get immediate support from a mental health expert. Take someone who has seen any part of your hypomanic or manic episodes with you when you visit your doctor to explain what you have been going through. ​

Bipolar disorder can be treated extremely successfully, and psychologists are available to support not only the person who has been diagnosed with the condition but also their partners and family members. Please take a look at the Interventions Page on this website’s topic pages for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

If you would like to do a ‘bipolar disorder self-test’ then please click on the link below and take your results to your GP as well as to your psychologist.

Bipolar self test - Black Dog Institute

Have you had episodes of clinical depression, involving a period of at least two weeks where you were significantly depressed and unable to work or only able to work with difficulty, and had at least four of the following?

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